BNP Advocacy Insider – July 2021
July 8, 2021
Hero Act Standards Released
New York State Department of Labor published its Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention standards as mandated by the NY HERO Act. All industry-specific standards can be found on our website.
The BNP recently hosted a webinar called “What Employers Need to Know About the NY HERO Act,” featuring expert advice from Barclay Damon. The presentation can be viewed here, and the slides are available here. Stay tuned for upcoming events the BNP will host to help you understand and implement these standards.
BNP Earns Numerous Advocacy Wins in 2021 Session
The NYS Legislature recently concluded its 2021 Legislative Session. The BNP was proud of its efforts to support legislation that would strengthen our regional economy and oppose legislation that would harm it. To learn about the many proposals on which the BNP took an active advocacy role, visit our blog.
Congressional Infrastructure Debate Rages On
After months of debate and a press conference in which President Biden and a bipartisan coalition of Senators announced a deal, Congress is still far from a final agreement on a federal infrastructure package. There is broad support for physical infrastructure investments, but other social investments have become a sticking point.
For a full explanation of where negotiations stand and what the final package may include, visit our blog here.
Empire Center: Single Payer “Sticker Shock”
A new report from the Empire Center for Public Policy details how expensive a single payer healthcare system would be in New York. The full report is available here.
Workforce Policy Update March 2022
The BNP works closely with government leaders to keep them informed of employer challenges and to advocate for policy that would ease the workforce crisis. The BNP supports legislation that expands access to education and training, makes quality childcare more accessible, removes barriers to workforce participation, and reforms our immigration system to meet our region’s workforce needs.
What is Carbon Pricing?
In the New York State Climate Action Council’s Draft Scoping Plan, the Council recommends implementing some form of carbon pricing to help the state combat climate change. So, what is carbon pricing, and how would it impact New York?
2.10.22 COVID Bulletin: BNP Gets Answers on Masking and HERO Act
Yesterday, Governor Kathy Hochul announced she would repeal the state’s mask mandate, effective today. However, her announcement did not proactively address how the repeal coincided with the NY HERO Act, which would have required employees in most workplaces to continue masking.